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"Two police commissions set up during DMK rule"

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M. Karunanidhi
M. Karunanidhi

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Crime, caste clashes have come down, says Karunanidhi

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday listed what various DMK regimes had done for the development of the Police department in Tamil Nadu.

Replying to demands for grants for the department, he said it was during DMK rule in 1969 that the first Police Commission headed by Gopalasamy was constituted and 115 out of the 133 recommendations were implemented. When the party came back to power in 1989 the second Police Commission headed by Sabanayagam was formed. Of its 112 recommendations, 79 were implemented.

The basic pay of police personnel was increased in 1969. The Anna Medal and Chief Minister's medals were instituted. It was also during the DMK rule that women were recruited into the police force. Pointing out that the All Women Police Stations were started during the AIADMK period, Mr. Karunanidhi said he would not detest the scheme just because it was started during AIADMK rule.

Funds allocation

Mr. Karunanidhi explained that there was no point in saying that allocation for the police department was more or less during a particular rule.

He quoted statistics to show that crime and caste clashes had come down during the DMK rule. After it took over, the crime detection rate was 83 per cent and recovery 72 per cent.

Missing teacher case

He also said the case relating to the disappearance of Meenakshi, a teacher of Kulithalai, was solved and two persons were arrested.

The Kandadevi car festival went off peacefully thanks to discipline among the public and the efforts of the police.

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